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Accident: 170699268 - Employee Burned In Fuel Tank Explosion

Accident: 170699268 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 11/13/1992
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11997206508/03/19934221Mobile Mini Storage Systems
Employee #1, while working under the supervision of his foreman, was directed to remove a diesel fuel tank from a truck and clean the rust from the tank using a gas torch. Employee #1 attempted to clear the tank with dry ice. He then approached the tank with a lit torch. Without any contact between the torch and tank, the tank exploded, severely burning Employee #1. He received 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns on his face, ears, eyes, and upper body. Employee #1 lost a total of 104 days from work. He also has permanent hearing and sight loss.
Keywords: burn, eye, diesel fuel tank, work rules, cleaning, ear, torch, explosion, face
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119972065 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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